I am an Australian gal true blue, born in the bush grew up in Adelaide my first book was the works of banjo Patterson, my first shoes were iconic R.M. Williams cowboy boots and to quote dorothea mckella I love my wide brown land .
In Australia we have wicked senses of humor, we have mates, you yanks call them buddies but buddies doesn’t cover it by half.
A mate never leaves a mate behind, they never let them down, they’ll help build your house because they know you’ll do the same for them and when you’re in hospital a mate ploughs your fields brings in your stock takes your kids to school and your wife drops over a casserole and you pass the hat around at the pub to help with the hospital bill because well that’s what mates do.
In my life I have gone from the land of mates, to the city of ratso Rizzo where more people care about owning their piece of the sidewalk than they do letting a wheelchair pass safely on it.
Today as I write this in my home town and the the bush around it is burning, live stock are being burnt alive, houses and farms have been destroyed people’s dreams and generations of work up in smoke.
But mates and even those who don’t know you left their homes to fight and try and save yours because in Australia we have the CFS, the country fire service made up of the butcher the baker and the man who owns the pub who when the call of “FIRE” goes out locks the door kisses the kids and go off never certain to ever see them again to fight bush fires threatening the bush, the farmland and in many cases their very own homes.
Stories abound in the Land of Oz of volunteer firemen who while fighting to save someone else’s farm lost their own and that’s when mates kick in.
In Peshawar 168 children were slaughtered because they went to school as simple as that, and the world pushed the story aside because a pumped up over inflated excuse for a wanker who inherited the country from his equally pumped up father got pissed off because two B grade actors made a movie?
The American news ran hundreds of hours, of coverage over the interview, the president himself even said North Korea had attacked America? No they attacked Hollywood get your shit together America. Some actors, you know people who bullshit for a living had their bullshit exposed!
But you had to search to the back of any paper to read about the 168 dead babies in Peshawar America did nothing? No response because Peshawar babies don’t donate to elections.
A madman invaded a chocolate shop in the heart of Sydney Australia’s financial district for 30 hours, and two people died and the worlds TV stopped for three days and cover it breath by breath “was he isis? wasn’t he isis?” it was heart breaking but it wasn’t president of America commenting on it worthy,it was after all a crazy criminal pedophile with a shotgun not a terrorist but CNN gave it nonstop around the clock 48 hour coverage?
Ever wonder why lone wolf assholes do this shit? Because as long as they have a black do-rag with white chicken scratching on it they can stop the world!
We the citizens of this global village called earth need to take a leaf out of the Aussie book of common sense and mate ship
1/ never give crazy ass criminals their 15 minutes
2/Babies being slaughtered matter more than Angelina jolies feelings
3/ When your world starts to burn drop everything and help everyone even and especially those who you’ve never met because one day they’ll help you
4/ When your family hurts you hurt, when your town hurts you hurt, when your country hurts you hurt, so you are the only one that can make a difference because when each of you individually believe that your family your town your country will survive and whether you realize it or not when you work shoulder to shoulder with no thought of “what’s in it for me” you just become mates with a connection that lasts forever.
The internet, the print media and the TV and cable need to realize not everything is about ratings, sometime you need to say “hell will freeze over before that monster gets one second of airtime” but let’s show the families in Peshawar, lets show the organized community effort in Adelaide Australia to save their homes and those of strangers, lets show the first responders because they actually matter.
Until this global village stops shitting in its own front yard and worrying about aesthetics global warming doesn’t matter because we will have nothing left to save.
GOD BLESS THE FIREFIGHTERS, THE CFS, POLICE AND THE PEOPLE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA.